To support World Cancer Day, assemblies this week have focused on the importance of closing the gap in cancer care. We are aware that many students and families will experience cancer within their life time and the message this year centres around highlighting how both prevention and early diagnosis can be critical in the fight against cancer. In addition, an opportunity like this helps to point students in the right direction, providing relevant guidance and support to those who need it.

To further support our students’ understanding of cancer, a number of students were invited to hear about the “Biology of Cancer” and “Cancer Research and Cellular imaging”. This included a talk by Mrs Garner-Thorpe who discussed the Cellular Biology of Cancer followed by Dr James Bancroft, Cellular Imaging Core Manager at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford. Dr Bancroft kindly talked through some of the current developments in cancer research, highlighting a range of imaging techniques used to understand how modern medicine is being used to reduce the spread of cancer.

Richard Barnett-Richards, Assistant Headteacher, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with cutting edge scientific research and see how this supports the global effort to improve medical diagnosis and treatment. It is important that students are offered the opportunities to engage with professionals at all level to build their knowledge and cultural capital”